Pig on Wheels Has Surgery
A Florida pig who is quite the little celebrity is using a wheelchair to make his way around.
Now Chris P. Bacon is living in the spotlight after his You Tube video got more than one million hits.
He's been on numerous shows and also appears at fundraisers for disabled children.
While all the entertainment keeps him busy, this piglet has to take a couple of weeks off to recover from surgery.
Meet Chris P. Bacon. A potbellied pig born without the use of his hind legs.
"It just so happened his back legs were folded and he didn't have joints so they are tucked up under there and there's fully not a whole lot you can do about it," said Dr. Len Lucero who is the owner.
Dr. Lucero thought of a way to help his handicapped piglet.
"I got my sons toys and I just constructed a wheelchair really quick and out him in it and he did well," said Dr. Lucero.
This is home video of when Chris P. Cacon first started using the toy made wheelchair. He was only 10 days old.
Chris P. Bacon is six months old and ways 27 pounds. About a month ago he became large enough to fit into a donated wheelchair, which makes his life a whole lot easier.
He lifts his behind off the ground and balances on his front legs.
"If I put him in the wheelchair he starts to explore he really starts to light up. He has no fear at all. He is just a lovable pig," said Dr. Lucero.
On top of being born with this condition, Chris P. Bacon has an inguinal hernia. A small hernia in the scrotal area.
He had surgery on Monday afternoon at the University of Florida Veterinarian Hospital.
"He has been repaired once previously at another facility and apparently it's come back so we are going to make another attempt at repairing it today," said Dr. Murray Brown who is a Appleton Endowed Professor of Surgery.
Dr Brown said Chris P. Bacon will need about two weeks to recover.
Once he's all better, he can get back to using his wheels and continue his career.
Lucero will be writing three children books about Chris P. Bacon.
The first book is expected to come out this fall.
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